Pirating (Useless. Was: [RC5] Win32: feature creep
tachyon at icom.net
Fri Nov 28 00:26:14 EST 1997
On Mon, 24 Nov 97 12:31:01 -0600, gindrup at okway.okstate.edu wrote:
> Some person stated that a software company only loses income from
> pirating if the pirate would have bought the software. It is evident
> that a person is willing to take the means of least cost to acquire
> something tht they want, especially if they are pirating. The fact
> that they are willfully violating social contract indicates that they
> want the software.
I said it. I am not responsible for every two bit "social contract"
that someone proposes. If this were a contract, what do I get in
return for my enforcement of it? The software industry lies about its
loses, why should I care about the software as a whole?
I support honest software writers who sell their software at a
reasonable price, for example Forté, which writes Agent. They also
write a free program that shows quite well what Agent is like. Both
are good programs and I have paid for my copy of Agent.
By your reasoning, I have cost every software writer millions of
dollars because I have not paid for it.
The fact that they are willing to risk prosecution
> and imprisonment indicates that they want the software rather badly.
> Thus, the claim that the software company loses no income is based on
> the fallacious argument that the perceived cost of piracy is the same
> as the perceived cost of purchase.
I have not paid for Word for Windows, sue me. Oh, by the way, did I
mention I neither have it nor use it?
> Thus, these persons are causing the following costs:
> All other persons who purchase the software legitimately must pay more
> for software because the unit income of software is reduced by piracy.
I am diving up the price of software because I have not paid for Word?
> Similarly, good shareware or free software is killed by the difficulty
> of overcoming this income depletor.
I have not paid for Word, therefore I have depleted Word of income.
The society at large must waste
> "anxiety" over these miscreants and violators of law. And finally,
> the taxpayes have to give more to the government to seek out and
> prosecute these offenders. Since these crimes are so information
> oriented, the cost of prosecution and investigation is very high.
> Thanks. I *wanted* higher taxes. And to think, pirates cause all
> this wasted utility because of the claim that it is more efficient to
> pirate than to purchase.
It is your fault that I hit myself in the head with a 2 x 4 and get
> Thanks. I really appreciate all you've done to decrease the quality
> of my life. Perhaps while you're at it, you could steal my car and
> kill my family. I was kind of used to having quality implementations
> of them.
If I agree to your request that makes a contract and you are legally
required to obey it.
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